BROOKLYN – The new cycle of the New York City Council’s Participatory Budgeting has officially begun!
Participatory budgeting (PBNYC) is a city program that allows residents to vote on $1 million to $1.5 million in projects developed by community members. PBNYC gives New Yorkers the chance to brainstorm, research, develop, and vote for projects to improve their neighborhoods.
How Does Participatory Budgeting Work?
- Community members brainstorm ideas at assemblies and decide what types of projects are needed in their neighborhoods.
- Volunteers work with experts in developing full project proposals to present to the community at a project expo.
- The community then votes! Residents aged 14 and up are eligible to vote, either online or at locations throughout their district.
- The projects with the most votes share the funding! The projects are then implemented over the next few years. See a list of last year’s winning projects here.
Learn more about Participatory Budgeting here.
The deadline to submit ideas for your community is Friday, October 13.
Several Council Members have already held neighborhood assemblies to discuss potential projects but there are a few more meetings scheduled in the coming days, with Brooklyn Council Members Levin (District 33), Reynoso (District 34), Cornegy (District 36), Eugene (District 40), and Williams (District 45) hosting assemblies this week.
See below for a list of neighborhood assemblies scheduled for this week. Check out the full schedule here.
Stephen Levin, District 33 (Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Fulton Ferry, Greenpoint, Vinegar Hill, Williamsburg)
Monday, October 16 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Independence Towers Community Center
114 Taylor Street
Antonio Reynoso, District 34 (Bushwick, Ridgewood, Williamsburg)
Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30pm
Brooklyn Public Library – Leonard Branch
81 Devoe Street (at corner of Leonard Street)
Thursday, October 12 at 6:30pm
Brooklyn Public Library – Bushwick Branch
340 Bushwick Avenue (at corner of Seigel Street)
Saturday, October 14 at 11am
Brooklyn Public Library – DeKalb Branch
790 Bushwick Avenue (at corner of DeKalb Avenue)
Sunday, October 15 at 12pm
St. Matthias Church, Hospitality Room
5815 Catalpa Avenue
Robert Cornegy, District 36 (Bedford Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights)
Tuesday, October 10 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
141 Macon Street
Tuesday, October 10 from 7pm to 9pm
Uncommon Charter High School, Library
1485 Pacific Street
Wednesday, October 11 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
584 Nostrand Avenue
Thursday, October 12 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
545 Willoughby Avenue
Mathieu Eugene, District 40 (Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect Park, and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens)
Tuesday, October 10 from 6pm to 8pm
P.S. 139, Auditorium
330 Rugby Road
Thursday, October 12 from 6pm to 8pm
P.S. 6, Auditorium
43 Snyder Avenue
Monday, October 16 from 6pm to 8pm
I.S. 62, Auditorium
700 Cortelyou Road
Jumaane Williams, District 45 (Canarsie, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood)
Wednesday, October 11 from 6pm to 8pm
725 East 23rd Street
Can’t make it to your neighborhood’s assembly meeting? You can still submit ideas for projects on the New York City Council Participatory Budgeting idea collection map.